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                              N!o. 912.
                       Mr. Pratt to Mr. Bayard.
                              [Extract. I
No. 170.]                LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
               Teheran, January 10,:1888. (Received February 23.)
  SIR: In my last dispatch, No. 169, Diplomatic Series, of the 9th in-
stant, I had the honor to announce to you the appointment of his ex-
cellency Emin 6 Soultan to the post of minister of finance, of the interior,
and of the court, and to mention that at a special interview he had ex-
pressed to me, in even stronger terms than the moukhber ed-daouleh
(minister of mines and telegraphs), the desire to see the establishment
here of American commercial and industrial enterprises.
  In order that you may form your own opinion as to the importance of
the interview in question, I beg now to report that on the occasion re-
feVred to, his excellency the Emin e Soultan began by stating that Persia,
with her immense natural resources, had neither the requisite means
nor the scientific ability necessary for effecting their development, and
then, after explaining how those whom she had called from Europe to
aid in the accomplishment of the work had merely sought their own
advantage without doing anything in return either for the benefit of
the country or the people, he proceeded to compliment the Government
of the United States and the nation on having so nobly taken the lead
in the march of civilization, and closed by saying that the Shah and'his
Government now looked to my friendly efforts and to the sincere desire
that they believed I entertained for the advancement of Persia, to in-
itiate a move which would result in bringing about more intimate com-
mercial relations between the two countries and open the way to Persia's
industrial regeneration through American agency.
      I have- etc.,
                                            E. SPENCER PRATT.
                              No. 913.
                     Mr. Pratt to AMr. Bayard.
No. 185.1                LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                   Teheran, February 6, 1888. (Received March 12.)
  SIR: On the 3d instant, in my dispatch No. 184, diplomatic series,
transmitted by English foreign office courier, I had the honor to inclose
you at the request of the Shah's minister, his excellency the Emin 6
Soultan, a specimen of native gold-bearing quartz, upon the value of
which His Majesty desired to obtain the opinion of United §tates Gov-
ernment experts.

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